Comic Television Discussion – Week beginning 21th October 2018

We are entering a golden age of comics on TV, maybe not due to quality, but definitely due to quantity.  Supergirl gets a new villain of the week, Arrow continues his Heroes in Prison story, Constantine joins the Legends (Yeah!!), The Flash threatens to kill a favorite character, Black Lightning lets his daughters do the heroing, and Titans gives us some backstory.  The Gifted took the week off (presumably because they’re behind on watching Daredevil, too,) and Riverdale trends towards more Halloween horror in order to make its sister show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, feel welcome when it drops on the 26th.

[All synopses (and titles) from below the cut.  (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]

Supergirl – S04E02 – Fallout – A shocking revelation causes chaos in National City. Supergirl sets out to capture Mercy Graves, while Alex takes control at the DEO. Back at CatCo, Kara decides to write an investigative story on Mercy and asks Lena if she can interview her as Mercy has ties to the Luthors. Meanwhile, Brainy meets Nia and the two end up in a precarious situation.

Arrow – S07E02 – The Longbow Hunters – In order to track down Diaz from inside prison, Oliver realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy. Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle, whose allegiance to ARGUS now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs. Realizing that she can no longer rely on her old team or old methods, a clear-eyed Felicity resolves to find a new way to go after Diaz.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S04E01 – The Virgin Gary – (Season Opener) – After the Legends defeated Mallus and wiped the final anachronism from time, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory with the Time Bureau. All that changes when Constantine informs Sara of a new magical threat that leads the team to Woodstock. Constantine thinks he knows how to defeat the new threat, but will need the help of the team and their special klepto talents to help with his spell. Meanwhile, Nate and Rory go on an adventure leaving Nate facing someone from his past.

The Flash – S05E03 – The Death of Vibe – After Cicada’s attack on The Flash, the team realizes they need to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe. Desperate to help her parents, Nora comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a member of Team Flash in danger. Meanwhile, Caitlin delves into her past.

Black Lightning – S02E03 – The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry – Jefferson is forced to watch as all his good work is undone before his eyes when his replacement arrives and begins implementing sweeping changes. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to play Robin Hood by stealing from one of the most powerful crime syndicates in Freeland.

Titans – S01E03 Origins – After being rescued by Kory from the Nuclear Family, Rachel travels with her to the convent where she was raised – a destination that might provide answers about Rachel’s past and Kory’s identity. Meanwhile, Dick goes in pursuit of Rachel and Kory, the mysterious woman who rescued her – and the journey awakens memories of his own orphanhood and his unorthodox upbringing in the shadows of Bruce Wayne. When Dick finally reunites with Rachel and Kory, he realizes that Rachel’s found a new protector in Kory. But the convent is not everything it seems to be and Rachel might have to rely on her guardians as well as a new friend, Gar Logan, to keep her safe.

The Gifted – S02E05 – afterMath – As Caitlin and Thunderbird struggle to save the life of a mutant injured in the Inner Circle’s chaotic liberation of a psychiatric hospital, they discover clues to the identity of the powerful mutant Polaris and Andy were sent to retrieve. Meanwhile, as Jace joins up with the Purifiers to chase down the escaped mutants, he comes dangerously close to colliding once again with the Mutant Underground. (Next week October 30th, 21018) (If you need a fix, check out the last episodes review.)

Daredevil – S03 – (13 episodes) – Missing for months, Matt Murdock reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero. (Still on the list, as I am sure I am not the only one watching it and not yet through it.)

Riverdale – S03E03 – Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below – When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – S01 – (10 episodes) – Reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature – half-witch, half-mortal – while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

5 replies on “Comic Television Discussion – Week beginning 21th October 2018”

  1. I am so far behind, and I might actually stop dropping shows. As opposed to threatening to drop them and watching them anyways because there’s a small chance they will name drop a character from another show I am watching because they occasionally visit a show I am enjoying.

    • Legends this week was a riot. I mean, the arrival of the “magical threat” was hilarious. I mean, it was obviously the villain but waiting for that shoe to drop was kind of fun, and when it did, it was the perfect thing for Woodstock.

      And then there was Constantine. ‘Nuff said there.

      • Finally got to see it. I loved it!!! This show has become my favorite of the DC shows for how unseriously they take themselves.

        Also, anyone notice that Legends has a cameo from Biff ?

  2. I’m catching up on Riverdale. As I told my wife, It’s clearly made by people with AARP cards who are just hoping for teen viewers, or the target market is pervs who want to perv out over “teens” hidden inside a show that reminds them of teen shows when they didn’t have AARP cards.

    Jughead was using a darkroom to develop pictures. Archie actually says “You have never known the epic highs and lows of high school football” with no trace of irony.

    This makes me very, very afraid for the Sabrina show. I loved the lighthearted Sabrina, I loved the Chilling Adventures comic, but if the makes of Riverdale are making it, that’s truly chilling.

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